Government appoints Rachel Noble ASD director-general

Replaces Mike Burgess who departed in September for ASIO

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Rachel Noble has been appointed director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) three months after Mike Burgess’ departure.

Burgess who took on the leadership of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) on 15 September. Burgess was appointed in December 2017 as ASD’s inaugural director-general. The role was created as part of a major transformation of the agency.

Noble is the first woman appointed to lead ASD and also the first woman to head a major intelligence agency in Australia.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and defence minister Linda Reynolds said Noble’s experience in intelligence strongly positions her to lead ASD in executing its national security mission. 

“She has vital technical expertise having previously worked in ASD and has a strong understanding of the role the organisation plays in the National Intelligence Community,” Morrison and Reynolds stated. 

Noble is currently the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). In that role she is in charge of leading the Australian government’s cyber security capabilities. She was appointed in June and was previously deputy secretary executive group in the Department of Home Affairs.

Lieutenant General John Frewen will continue to act in the role of director-general until February 2020 when Noble officially starts.

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